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Celebrating Women’s History Month in Utah
March 7, 2019
March is women’s history month, and there are lots of great ways to honor women’s history in Utah. We’ve compiled a few ideas below:
- Take the Self-Guided Women’s Suffrage Walking Tour – explore the downtown Salt Lake City sites connected to the women’s suffrage movement in Utah.
- Read picture books about women’s suffrage and rights. Use the provided discussion questions and learn also about the Utah history that connects to these books.
- Learn about women who made history in your neighborhood – check out our local women’s history collection for each Utah county.
- Share your stories – email [email protected] to tell us about women in your family or community who made a difference.
- Donate to Better Days 2020 or other local organizations working to support women and girls, like YWCA Utah. For a list of other organizations, visit the Utah Women and Leadership Project.
- Pre-Order Champions of Change: 25 Women Who Made History featuring illustrations by Brooke Smart and stories of powerhouse Utah women who pushed for justice in politics, medicine, art, music, religion, tribal leadership, and more.
- Tell a teacher about our women’s suffrage curriculum and ask them to teach it.
- Give a set of Utah women’s history trading cards to a friend or teacher.
- Create your own trading card, download a coloring page, and design your own suffrage memorabilia.
- Attend a women’s history event at your local library or university.
- Gather your book club to read Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings and watch KUED’s documentary about Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon with KUED’s Book Club in a Box.
- Learn about current female state legislators in Utah.
- Check out manuscripts and artifacts from Utah women at BYU’s L. Tom Perry Special Collections, the University of Utah’s Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women’s Archive, and other university libraries.
- Explore the history of suffrage in western states in a new digital tour from Intermountain Histories.
- Record your own story, or stories of the women in your family.
- Register to vote.
- Frequent women-owned businesses in your community (thanks KRCL for the list!). Purchase Girl Scout cookies.
- Support current Utah women artists.
- Write an email or thank-you note to a woman who has encouraged or inspired you.
- Listen to short radio stories produced by Utah Humanities about women who have made a difference in Utah.
- Ride a bike – because bicycles paved the way for women’s rights!
- Stroll through the Utah Women’s Walk at Ashton Gardens in Thanksgiving Point, or read one of their nearly 100 interviews with influential Utah women.
- Visit your local Daughters of Utah Pioneers museum (list here) or the DUP Pioneer Memorial Museum in downtown Salt Lake City.